BobTheGardener


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Brassica Problem

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 18:43

Looks like a fungal infection but that could be an after effect following attacck by some kind of sap-sucking pest, with aphids, whitefly or flea beetle being the most likely.  If you haven't done it for a while, I would try dosing whichever section of ground you will be using next year with garden lime this winter.  This will reduce the acidity and in doing so will reduce the likelihood of pests and diseases as most prefer acidic conditions.  Brassicas also prefer slightly alkaline soil.  I would also give the area a good sprinking of fish, blood and bone next spring before you plant anything out, just in case it is a nutrient deficiency of some kind.

Sharp sand

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 19:07

I actually use Wickes sharp sand both on the garden and for making concrete (which is what it is actually sold for.)  There is no salt or clay in any of it that I have had delivered (and, yes I have tasted it!)

What is this?

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 19:03

Yes, definitely a Jelly fungus of some kind - they only live on already dead wood and aren't pathogenic to the tree.

Sharp sand

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 18:56

If it is sharp sand and not builders' sand, digging it in to heavy soil will improve it.  You can also mix it with compost to make a better growing medium.  Basically anywhere you would use fine horticultural grit, you can substitute shap sand.

Plant Identity

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 18:45

Agree, Musk mallow for sure.

rust and black spot

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 17:38

Yes, some years are worse than others.  Make sure you remove all fallen leaves from beneath affected roses as they are the main source of infection icome next season and, of course, wind blows leaves around so can spread it to other nearby roses as do aphids.

Is it ok to use pressure treated timber to make raised beds?

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 17:32

Yes it's fine as the chemicals used to preserve the wood these days are safe.  If you use untreated wood it has to be much thicker as it will quickly rot.  Even pressure-treated timber can have a short life when in contact with constantly wet soil - mine tend to last for between 5 and 10 years on clay soil.

tayberry pruning

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 17:24

Tayberries are a cross with blackberries and have the same fruiting habit and pruning regime.  Basically they fruit on last year's wood, so the canes you see now will bear fruit next year.  Once you have picked the fruit from a cane you remove that cane by cutting it right back to the ground.  New canes will appear from the ground next spring and those will give you fruit the following year.  Tie the canes into a support frame of some kind and after you cut the fruited ones out, you tie-in the new canes which will replace them.  More here:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=93

inherited garden - can you help?

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 17:14
Holls1988 wrote (see)
Thank you for your quick responses and advice. That buddlea is growing right next to the rose, as in main stems touching, will there be a reason they have planted them like that?

The buddleia may not have been planted at all and has probably sprung up from a wind-blown seed - they grow like weeds around here.  You can transplant it to somewhere with more room if you want to keep it.

Herbs

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 12:46

Can you tell us which herbs snowy?  Lots depends on what you have as many need different conditions and some are annual so won't last the winter anyway.

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Some kind of mint?

 
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I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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